Arduino launched into space by the NASA

Arduino doesn’t limit itself to earth anymore, it is ready to reach the stars!

 

The ever growing variety of applications for Arduino is such that even NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) uses it to explore space. We are really excited to hear that the NASA has sent our Arduino Mega 2560, which is produced in Italy, into space to support their scientific research and development. Discover in this article 3 experiments, where Arduino has been used as a support to collect data. Moreover, visit the mission’s main website to have a full description of the experiments: the objectives, the collaborators, their application on earth or space and much more. Enjoy!


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Nano Racks - Lituanica SAT-1
The NanoRacks-LituanicaSAT-1 is one of two Lithuanian CubeSats to be Lithuania's first satellite in space. This nanosatellite, basically a 10 centimeter wide cube, was developed with the open source hardware and software Arduino in order to collect images of Earth from space, test solar cells for future satellites and also test an FM voice repeater to extend radio communication distances.


Arduino Nasa_NanoRacks-LituanicaSAT1

Nano Racks - Self-Assembly of Mesoscopic Lipid Mimics
Cells, crystals and lipids can self-assemble into larger structures, and are affected by fluid dynamics and the force of gravity. NanoRacks Self-Assembly of Mesoscopic Lipid Mimics (NanoRacks Lipid Mimic Self-Assembly) extends the understanding of the fundamental, abstract concept of self-assembly and investigates its microgravity by using small mimics of lipids (molecules that include fats, waxes, and some vitamins).


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SOAREX-8 Suborbital Flight - Exo-Brake
NASA’s Exo-Brake Suborbital Flight is part of an initiative to experiment with new ideas and technologies. In this program, the development team used devices like Arduino and XBee to determine potential applications of wireless technologies in space and the effectiveness of Exo-Brake technology - a specially-designed braking device that operates similar to a parachute at extremely high speeds and low air pressures.


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